Leaving the Nest

IMG_2073 For some reason this Spring, a bluebird couple in my back yard decided to leave the constraints of the official bluebird houses we have and take over the martin house that has been empty for two years. I was so hoping to be able to snap some photos of the babies as they emerged. As the parents began bringing worms and insects to feed their young, I knew the time was near.

Yesterday, I came home to see the two very anxious bluebird parents trying to guard one of the babies that had flown the coop. The baby was sitting on the fence receiving much instruction from its jabbering parents.  I grabbed my camera and headed out the back door. Much to my surprise the fledgling bird flew from the fence to the trunk of a nearby tree.  The parents, not happy about my presence, began to swoop down on me from above in full on protective mode. IMG_2056

The pictures you see were taken over the course of my observation as the baby half hopped and half flew to the lowest branches of the tree. At that point my attention was captured by the male bluebird who brought worms and insects to its young, not forsaking his parental duties.

How like our Heavenly Father this seemed.  He is always with us, caring for us. Whether we are  in the safety of the nest or out on a limb in trouble, He never deserts us.  He is always a simple prayer away.

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”  (Deuteronomy 31:8)

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31)

IMG_2087Never forget that God, who is constantly aware of the birds of the air, cares so much more for you and me…enough to sacrifice His Only Son on a cross as payment for our sins to save us from eternal punishment. In Him we have the promise of eternity in Heaven. I pray the story of this bluebird family will serve as a reminder!  God is so good! To God Be the Glory!




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